If you're looking for a meal deal that doesn't skimp on service or flavor, check out the new "speedy weekday lunch special" at Biscayne Tavern in downtown Miami.
Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the casual eatery is offering your choice of one of its seasonal salads or savory sandwiches for $13.50. You also get one thick, freshly baked chocolate chip cookie "to go" -- a rule that isn't strictly enforced. If you ask nicely, you can eat your cookie before you head back to work.
We were recently invited to gauge whether or not this lunch special was the real deal, so we popped in for a quick lunch.
Entrées offered as part of the lunch special are normally priced between $13 and $21. Even at regular price, most of them are worth checking out but at a discount of up to $7.50 per dish -- plus a free cookie -- the fresh, locally-sourced menu items do make for a decent lunch special.
Particularly impressive was the "Tavern Burger," a juicy slab of grass-fed beef that somewhat dominates a Martin's potato roll. At first the patty looks a bit small, but it's tall rather than wide, and delicious meat drippings burst into your mouth with every bite. A sweet and savory remoulade schmear nullifies the need for ketchup, mustard, or mayonnaise. Served with either regular or sweet potato fries, this makes for one serious lunch.
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Rather keep it light? There are several salads available, including a kale caesar consisting of Tuscan kale, smoked sundried tomatoes, crispy lavash, and shaved parmesan; and a seafood cobb with shrimp, crab, avocado, tomato, bleu cheese, mango, hard-boiled eggs, and a balsamic vinaigrette. We decided on the iceberg wedge and heirloom tomatoes salad with bleu cheese dressing, and asked for bacon on the side. The quality of the ingredients really shone through and the touch of Guinness stout in the dressing paired nicely with the bacon.
We also tried the grilled fontina cheese sandwich with oven-dried heirloom tomatoes and basil pesto on sourdough and found it uninspired, but with choices that include a smoked brisket, fried onions sandwich with horseradish mayo and bread and butter pickles; a seared tuna burger with pickled ginger, miso mayo, and charred scallions on a toasted black sesame bun; and a grilled chicken club with bacon, lettuce, and heirloom tomatoes, there's no reason to order a grilled cheese.
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